Date(s) - 05/20/2023
5:30 am - 11:30 pm
May 20, 2023 // Bishop High Sierra Ultras
The Bishop High Sierra Ultra Marathons return May 20, 2023 for their 25th running, haven taken a rest year during the pandemic.
The Bishop Ultras are known far and wide as challenging, high quality races, with great scenery, abundant well-stocked aid stations with ultra runner volunteers, a fun community of ‘repeat offenders’, and a pleasant finish line scene. As in the past, distances include a 20 mile “fun run”, a 53k, a 50 miler and a 100k. In 2019 we added a 6k, a great option for kids, or those who have a runner out on the other courses, or if you don’t want to run so far. The 6k starts after the other distances. New for 2021: we are coming clean that the “50k” is actually 53k.
We are anticipating changes due to the ongoing pandemic in 2022. We will make those clear on a separate page as conditions warrant.
The race is a production of the area non-profit Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) and is offered as a benefit for their Eastern Sierra Youth Outdoor Program and Inyo County Search and Rescue. Partnering with the National Forests for over 45 years, ESIA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and inspire people about the Eastern Sierra public lands through high quality interpretive products and programs.The youth program is a free outdoor program for youth ages 12 – 18. The program offers rock climbing, backpacking, team-building and related skills.
General Course Description
The course is five races in one: the 6k really fun run, a 20 mile “fun run”, a 53k, a 50 miler and a 100k. All distances start and finish at Millpond County Park, five miles north of Bishop, California.
The 6k is an out and back from Millpond County Park, through the campground, and then following the other route’s markings to the Tungsten City Aid Station, then returning the same way.
All distances other than the 6k head through Millpond Campground before heading north then west around the Tungsten Hills, where the first aid station is encountered at mile 4. Climbing steadily on four wheel drive roads, the course continues up and around the main north west side of the Tungstens before briefly leveling out as the second aid station is neared at mile 9.8. After passing through the aid station, all distances turn right and again head uphill, towards Basin Mountain, Mount Tom, and the Buttermilk aid station at mile 11. The Buttermilk aid station is the turn around for the twenty mile fun run.